Fri, Mar 27, 2020

US cuts Afghan aid: Will it bring peace closer?

Recent weeks have seen Afghanistan politically paralyzed with both Ghani and Abdullah setting up parallel governments in Kabul, after both claimed victory in the September 2019 presidential elections. Secretary Pompeo attempted to push the Afghan government(s) towards talks with the Taliban and failed.

New Atlanticist by South Asia Center

Afghanistan Conflict

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

Ending the “Endless War” trope

The trope about ending endless wars is really a way of arguing that the US foreign policy establishment has failed, that the supposed doctrine of interventionism is ineffective and counterproductive, and that the United States should retrench, withdraw, and do less in the world. It is the latest talking point in a long-running debate between advocates of restraint and advocates of engagement. The debate is not whether we want wars to end or not, but about what strategy is best suited to end them on the best terms.

New Atlanticist by Paul D. Miller

Afghanistan Conflict

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

Winning the peace in Afghanistan

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s abortive mission to craft a stable coalition government in Kabul capable of holding peace talks with the Taliban raises fresh concerns about the absence of a clear US strategy for exiting its endless war in Afghanistan

New Atlanticist by Shuja Nawaz

Afghanistan Conflict

Wed, Mar 25, 2020

Aman in Responsible Statecraft: Without international aid, the coronavirus crisis in Iran will spread throughout South Asia

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Bangladesh

Mon, Mar 23, 2020

The Afghan Peace Process: Where do we go from here?

If the last twenty years teach us anything, it is that we do not have the answers for how best to support a peaceful, prosperous, and democratic Afghanistan. Perhaps it’s because we’ve not been asking the right questions.

New Atlanticist by Harris Samad

Afghanistan Conflict

Wed, Mar 11, 2020

How Iran’s new Quds Force commander could hurt the US in Afghanistan

A US-Taliban peace deal leaves the possibility of Iran-sponsored proxy groups such as the Fatemiyoun Brigade or Taliban breakaway factions to go after the downsized US troop presence or other American targets in Afghanistan.

IranSource by Obaidullah Obaid

Afghanistan Iran

Tue, Mar 3, 2020

Bryza joins Indus News to discuss US-Taliban peace agreement in Afghanistan

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Politics & Diplomacy

Tue, Mar 3, 2020

South Asia: The road ahead in 2020

South Asia’s economies are powered by an energetic young population eager to embrace global 21st century economic opportunities and conscious of their growing centrality to global geopolitical calculations. Whether the governments of South Asia’s countries are capable of delivering on this promise is another question. Each state faces serious policy and governance challenges that must be addressed in 2020

Feature by South Asia Center

Afghanistan Bangladesh

Sat, Feb 29, 2020

The Greater Caspian region: A new Silk Road, with or without a new belt

With the signing of a US-Taliban peace agreement, now might be a good time to look ahead to how Afghanistan might strengthen its economic connectivity with both its neighbors and more distant markets.

Long Take by Matthew Bryza

Afghanistan Central Asia

Sat, Feb 29, 2020

Agreement with the Taliban: What next?

The agreement is the best opportunity available for the beginning of discussions among Afghans of Afghanistan’s future, and of peace after decades of conflict. Even if it proves passable, the road to peace will be long and difficult, as indeed the path to today’s opening of the door to negotiations has been. No one should underestimate the difficulty of reaching a peace agreement and thus the need for time, patience, and persistence.

New Atlanticist by James B. Cunningham

Afghanistan Conflict